i have a question i haven't been able to wrap my head around and figured you guys here would have my answer in no time
i occasionaly experience fairly uncomfortable ear pain when on commercial airliners during the DESCENT only (such as when flying with a cold), never during a climb. however when flying light aircraft i never feel any discomfort at all. i had origionally thought that the obvious thing was the altitude difference (6000ft vs 40000ft) but as i got more into aviation i learned that most airliners are presurized to about 8000 feet or less /"Cabin Altitude"
If i understand correctly an airliner with a presurized cabin to say 8000ft the presure at cruising altitude in the cabin would be the same as being at 8000ft in an unpresurized cabin?
if this is the case why have i never noticed any sign of ear discomfort in a light aircraft at 8000ft but moderate (more much) discomfort in a presurized aircraft?